The Battle of Fort Fisher, N.C.

Monday, September 10, 2018

UNC and 'Silent Sam'-- Part 2: 'Died On the Field Of Honor'

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is hoping that people will be able to see that there is a difference between people who see the statue as a memorial to fallen ancestors and those who push white supremacy.

The pedestal from which "Silent Sam" stood for over a century is empty and surrounded by metal crowd control fences.  You can see where it fell headfirst to the ground and crashed through the barrier.

For awhile, a bouquet of flowers sat inside the barriers with a card inscribed to "James J. Cherry," one of the Confederate Roanoke Minute Men and a member of the University of North Carolina Class of 1862 who "died on the field of honor."  This is what a Confederate statue means to me.

The Statue Honored UNC Graduates, Students and Professors.  --Old Secesh

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